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Elizabeth Gilding was primarily a magazine poet of the 1770s and 1780s, who also published a collected volume of her poems. Her writing deals in rapture both spiritual and erotic, in marital and maternal devotion, in guilt and despair.
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EG's birth-date is not known, but since she produced an accomplished poem probably not long after September 1759, she was in all probability born by the earlier 1740s. She was her parents' first and only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
Later 1759 A verse "Epitaph for General Wolfe" (the poem that EG placed third in her single known volume, The Breathings of Genius, 1776) presumably dated from soon after his death in September this year. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1785 The Westminster Magazine printed both "The Desire" and "Monody", the last of its poems by Elizabeth Turner (formerly EG). (It ceased publication in this year.) Bibliographic Citation link.
21 February 1786 Elizabeth Turner (formerly EG) died. On 5 March her husband preached a funeral sermon on her which he then published asSacred Friendship: exemplified in the case of Elijah and Elisha . Bibliographic Citation link.
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